It was an emotion filled atmosphere at the Canton Ice house on Saturday, as the Bulldogs Boys Hockey team suited up for Senior night.
Before the game were the festivities of announcing each Senior player’s name along with taking a picture with their parents and fellow family members. It’s always a nice ceremony especially for a group of seniors who have given so much to the program in their four years.
With that being said, once the puck was dropped the emotions were put to the side for what would be a chippy game with many big hits (some legal, some not).
(Soph.) Ryan Nolte got the scoring started for the Bulldogs with help from (Sr.) Tommy Kilduff and (Fr.) Johnny Hagan to put the Dogs’ up 1-0 with 8:19 left to go in the first.
Despite the goal the Bulldogs were unable to get a whole lot going for them offensively in the first as much of the game was being played between the neutral zones. The one goal would be all they got heading into the 1st intermission.
In the second frame the Bulldogs offense seemingly kicked things up a notch and with 8:50 to go (Jr.) Charlie Malloy buried one out in front of the net assisted by (Sr.) Ryan Lodge to put the Bulldogs up 2-0. Despite a flurry of other chances the Bulldogs once again had to settle for one goal despite controlling play.
In the third it appeared as though the Bulldogs might be content with playing good defense and securing a win but instead put up two goals ( (Jr.) Jack Goyetch and (Jr.) Bubba Mcneice respectively) in the final 6 minutes to put the nail in the coffin on Pembroke’s already meager comeback chances.
(Jr.) Goalie Quinn Gibbs pitched a shutout increasing his case for a possible Goalie of the Year award.
The 4-0 win brings the already Hockomock champion Bulldogs to a record of 12-4-2. The boys will look to ready themselves for a playoff run with a road test against Lincoln Sudbury on Wednesday.
It’s always difficult to follow up an electric student section like the one that made the trip to Franklin but it was not a terrible showing by the Dog Pound on home ice.
The game was well attended but could have easily been a little more rowdy. Although I will say; the Ice house is difficult to have a great student section with the seats being so far away from the ice but #NoExcuses.
Stoody Highlight of the Game- Senior Big-Heads
A tradition as old as time itself; the Big-Head. There is nothing quite like showing your appreciation for someone through 24 inches of cardboard face cutout. Side note: MIAA disapproval of Big-Heads is #sad! Let the kids have a little fun.
Fan of the Game: Nikki Gefteas
Helping a Chuck-A-Puck addict (myself) in a time of need gets you fan of the game any day of the week and twice on Senior night.
Dogs Win. Stoody wins. No Names No Numbers